Twistle Guild of Glengarry to be Honoured with Volunteer Award at Glengarry Pioneer Museum Annual Ge

The Twistle Guild of Glengarry will receive the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s “Volunteer Award” in recognition of their over 30 years of dedicated work to teach the age-old craft of spinning and weaving fibre and proving that this art form is alive and well today. The guild will be honoured at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s Annual General Meeting and potluck supper to be held on Friday, April 15, at 6:00 at the Recreation Hall in Dunvegan. Other surprise volunteer awards will be announced during the evening program.

The Twistle Guild currently has almost 30 members who meet monthly throughout the year. In July and August, you will find them on a weekly basis under the pavilion at the museum every Friday to spin, weave and share their interests and skills with the public. Not only do they have a long history of demonstrating at the museum, but they also participate in spring cleaning, setting up and restoring artifacts, closing up at the end of the season, and have contributed funds, planted a large maple tree and supplied drop spindles and handspun wool for the gift shop. At the 2015 Celtic Fair, their members pulled off an impressive demonstration of “Waulking the Cloth” where they sang rhythmic Gaelic songs, pounding recently woven tweed to the beat of the music. More details about the Twistle Guild of Glengarry and to see a video of their rendition of “Waulking the Cloth”, go to their website:

The presentation of the award to the Twistle Guild will be part of the program of the April 15th Annual General Meeting of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. The evening will start at 6:00 pm with a potluck supper, followed by a short business meeting and a program that will honour the guild, and two other surprise individuals for their contributions to the Museum.

Anyone interested in the activities of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum is welcome to attend the AGM and even volunteer during the upcoming season which will begin on May 21 to 23, Victoria Day Weekend. There are a dozen events that take place between Victoria Day weekend and the end of September. For additional information, contact the museum at 613-527-5230 or visit the website at

The Dunvegan Recreation Hall, where the AGM will be located, is just west of the central intersection in Dunvegan on County Rd. 24, less than half a kilometer from the museum. For more information, please contact: Jennifer Black, Curator (613-527-5230) or Alyson Graham (613-525-0796)

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